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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Tribune: Brenly named Diamondbacks’ TV analyst

And, Steve Berthiaume of BBTN is apparently going with him:

Former Chicago Cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly was named the TV analyst for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday, a move that was expected after he announced his departure from WGN-Ch. 9 the day before.

The Diamondbacks also hired ESPN host Steve Berthiaume as the play-by-play man. The pair will not be introduced officially until Nov. 5 so that Berthiaume can work through the World Series.

The Non-Catching Molina (sjs1959) Posted: October 18, 2012 at 06:44 PM | 25 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: cubs, diamondbacks, media

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   1. UCCF Posted: October 18, 2012 at 10:03 PM (#4276203)
That might be a nice booth. Brenly's come a long way, and Berthiaume is not terrible. Given the chance to gel together for a couple of years, they could be a good tandem.

I hope Berthiaume keeps pushing the stats angle at Brenly like Kasper did, because unlike a lot of the old school types Brenly actually seemed open to learning about it.
   2. Greg Pope thinks the Cubs are reeking havoc Posted: October 18, 2012 at 10:42 PM (#4276264)
I lost track of the other thread. Is this somehow an upgrade for Brenly?
   3.     Hey Gurl Posted: October 18, 2012 at 11:06 PM (#4276289)
I lost track of the other thread. Is this somehow an upgrade for Brenly?


Per TFA, Brenly's home has remained in Phoenix since he managed there, so makes sense to take the local job.

I also did not realize it had been eight years since Brenly managed. Man, time is a ######...

This is phrased weirdly:
Brenly replaces former Cubs first baseman Mark Grace, who did not return after a late-season arrest for DUI. He also was driving on a license that was suspended for an earlier DUI.


Pronoun confusion!
   4. asinwreck Posted: October 18, 2012 at 11:08 PM (#4276291)
Brenly lives in Phoenix, so there's that. Wouldn't be surprised if he negotiated a raise, given how openly the Diamondbacks coveted both him and Stone.
   5. Dr. Vaux Posted: October 18, 2012 at 11:18 PM (#4276299)
I imagine that living in Phoenix was the reason he took the job, but the Diamondbacks will be a more interesting team to cover for the foreseeable future, too.
   6. JE (Jason) Posted: October 19, 2012 at 12:46 AM (#4276354)
Remember this beaut?

We shouldn't have to defend the win. When Felix Hernandez won the American League Cy Young Award last season with only 13 wins (and 12 losses), it was considered something of a landmark moment for the slide rule set; a validation of sabermetric analysis as a more definitive measuring set for quantifying pitching performance. BABIP, xFIP, and the quality start were hailed as long overdue counterbalances for inordinate run support or failed bullpens. All true; but let's not do a sabermetric sidestep around one simple fact: There is still only ONE stat that counts in the division standings and that's wins. And no major league pitcher has more wins than Pittsburgh's Kevin Correia. . . .

Granted, wins are hardly a complete indicator of pitching performance and I know plenty of folks like to pretend that geologists found a wins column next to cave drawings of mastodons, but I'll stubbornly cling to terms like "clutch" or "winner" for as long as wins continue as the only stat that's counted in the standings. If that's antiquated, let's go antiquing.
   7.     Hey Gurl Posted: October 19, 2012 at 01:17 AM (#4276362)
To this day I don't know what a "slide rule" is.
   8. vortex of dissipation Posted: October 19, 2012 at 01:57 AM (#4276370)
To this day I don't know what a "slide rule" is.


Ask Mr. Spock.

When I was in high school during the mid-1970s, I used a slide rule to work out the batting averages, ERAs, etc., for my school baseball team.
   9. Hack Wilson Posted: October 19, 2012 at 10:23 AM (#4276499)
To this day I don't know what a "slide rule" is.


The slide rule kept me out of Viet Nam. To continur my student deferment I needed to be a full time student, and one semester I needed 2 more credit hours. There was only one class that fit my schedule-slide rule. (For the exams I multilpied long hand like I learned in grammar school.)
   10. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: October 19, 2012 at 10:28 AM (#4276507)
References to slide rules are great. Even more antiquated than references to pocket protectors.

I know the slide rule is some sort of elongated device which was made obsolete with the invention of the pocket calculator (1980?). That's all I know.
   11. zonk Posted: October 19, 2012 at 10:29 AM (#4276510)
Latest on the Cubs booth mentions Sutcliffe, Glanville, Steve Lyons, and Stone -- Kerry Wood has "no interest" in the job.
   12. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 19, 2012 at 11:34 AM (#4276569)
The slide rule kept me out of Viet Nam.


Quoted because this is a great comment regardless of context.
   13. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: October 19, 2012 at 11:42 AM (#4276574)
Slide rules are totally awesome. Yes, pocket calculators are better, but it's neat to be able to do insanely complex calculations quickly in an entirely analog way.
   14. VoodooR Posted: October 19, 2012 at 12:07 PM (#4276596)
Anybody but Sutcliffe! Glanville is intriguing.
   15. esseff Posted: October 19, 2012 at 12:32 PM (#4276619)
To this day I don't know what a "slide rule" is.


I can't be the only one who thought, Sam Cooke
   16. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: October 19, 2012 at 12:36 PM (#4276621)
They may be waiting to see if Joe Girardi becomes available. :D
   17. Tom Nawrocki Posted: October 19, 2012 at 12:43 PM (#4276626)
To this day I don't know what a "slide rule" is.


Apparently, Matt Holliday doesn't either.
   18. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: October 19, 2012 at 12:44 PM (#4276627)
Ugh. Sutcliffe.
   19. Mike Emeigh Posted: October 19, 2012 at 01:30 PM (#4276655)
Berthiaume isn't as anti-stat as the article in #6 would have you believe, though. I've listened to him dozens of times interacting with Karabell, Simon, et. al. on Baseball Today and he comes off as very balanced in his approach. He doesn't devalue old-line stats but he doesn't exalt them, either.

-- MWE
   20. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: October 19, 2012 at 02:41 PM (#4276705)
To this day I don't know what a "slide rule" is.


Do you know much about history? Biology?
   21. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: October 19, 2012 at 02:42 PM (#4276707)
Damn, esseff
   22. Spahn Insane Posted: October 19, 2012 at 03:16 PM (#4276741)
Latest on the Cubs booth mentions Sutcliffe, Glanville, Steve Lyons, and Stone -- Kerry Wood has "no interest" in the job.

Glanville, hands down.
   23. Spahn Insane Posted: October 19, 2012 at 03:17 PM (#4276742)
Apparently, Matt Holliday doesn't either.

Nice.
   24.     Hey Gurl Posted: October 19, 2012 at 09:55 PM (#4277109)
Do you know much about history? Biology?


No, little.
   25. Graham & the 15-win "ARod Vortex of suck" Posted: October 20, 2012 at 02:18 AM (#4277282)
I was born past the dawn of the pocket calculator. Heck, by the time my dad started taking advanced math courses the slide rule was obsolete. One time, when I was a kid, my dad mentioned a slide rule, and I asked him what a slide rule was. He tried to explain it to no avail. The next time we were at my grandfather's house, my dad asked him to get out his old slide rule. My grandpa tried to show us how to use the damned thing for 10 minutes. I think my grandpa did some long division with his slide rule. I still have no idea what the hell he was doing.

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